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Editorial: Pigg, River Bank, others are thanked
Sunday, June 9, 2013
The recipients of the 2013 Clyde Hooker Awards and other honors presented last week by Piedmont Arts reflect a commitment to this community and the arts.
Betty Lou Pigg, a longtime patron of the arts and Piedmont Arts member, and River Community Bank received the honors that recognize the contributions of individuals and businesses to the arts and culture of Henry County and Martinsville.
Pigg is chairman of the volunteer committee at Piedmont Arts and has served as a board member there. As Barbara Parker of Piedmont Arts noted at the awards presentation, Pigg is passionate about the arts and “truly believes in the difference the arts can make in a community like ours.”
River Bank was honored for supporting Piedmont Arts as well as other community groups not only monetarily but also by encouraging employees to become involved in nonprofit organizations and activities. The bank does not seek the limelight for its efforts, but it deserves this recognition.
The Hooker awards are named for the late Clyde Hooker, who established a tradition of supporting the arts and other efforts in the area. He was a leader in the furniture industry and in the community, and the awards show that his legacy continues.
Also at Wednesday’s presentation, the 2013 Arts in Education Awards were given to Pat Walmsley, principal of Campbell Court Elementary School; Felicia Preston, principal of Albert Harris Elementary; and Dr. Patsy Anderson-Rusmisel, director of Student Support Services at Patrick Henry Community College. They were recognized for striving to expand arts experiences for their students.
In addition, scholarships were given to Byron Carter, Michael Garrett Sirt, Damaris Vivian Dailey and Thomas Nash Tetterton.
All the recipients of these awards and scholarships understand the value of the arts to the quality of life here. We thank them for that.